Arvind Kejriwal Kavitha

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was granted bail by Rouse Avenue court in a money laundering case connected to the liquor policy. He is set to leave Tihar Jail on Friday.

On Wednesday, Special Judge Niyay Bindu reserved the order after hearing arguments from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Kejriwal’s defense team.

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The ED attempted to link Kejriwal to the crime proceeds and his co-accused, while the defense argued that there was no evidence against Kejriwal.

The ED claimed that Kejriwal stayed at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Goa on November 7, 2021, during the assembly poll campaign, with the bill paid by Chanpreet Singh, who allegedly managed AAP funds in Goa.

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The court set conditions for Kejriwal’s bail, including that he must not interfere with the investigation or influence witnesses.

The Enforcement Directorate asked the court for 48 hours to accept bail bonds so they could challenge the order in a higher court. Special Judge Bindu clarified that there was no stay on the bail order.

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Kejriwal’s counsel can apply for bail bonds tomorrow before the concerned judge.

In a separate development, another court allowed the CBI to interrogate BRS leader K Kavitha, currently in Tihar jail, in connection with the Delhi excise policy case. Kavitha was arrested by the ED on March 15 in the same money laundering case.

It remains uncertain whether Telangana leader Kalvakuntla Kavitha, also arrested in the liquor policy case, will receive bail. She has been in custody for almost four months without interim bail, despite efforts from her legal team and the BRS party’s legal department advocating for her release. The delay in granting bail, particularly for a woman, has raised significant concerns and continues to be a point of interest.